5 Finalists Named for Grammy Contest
LOS ANGELES - Hot on the heels of Fox's "American Idol," five finalists have been named to compete for the chance to perform with "SexyBack" singer Justin Timberlake at the Grammy Awards.
Fans voting online at Yahoo! Music narrowed the field from 12 finalists in the "My Grammy Moment" contest for unsigned artists.
The five finalists, all women, are Africa Miranda, 30, of Montgomery, Ala.; Jillian Gaudious, 25, of Long Branch, N.J.; Brenda Radney, 22, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Robyn Troup, 18, of Houston, Texas; and Jessica James, 18, of Warner Robins, Ga.
"We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response we have received for our `My Grammy Moment' opportunity, and the top five finalists reflect a diverse group of extremely talented singers," Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said in a statement Wednesday.
Fans will continue to vote online at Yahoo! Music.
The top three finalists will be announced during Super Bowl weekend, then head for Los Angeles to rehearse with Timberlake.
Online and text message votes during the 49th annual Grammy Awards, which will be telecast Feb. 11 by CBS Corp.'s CBS network from the Staples Center, will determine the contest's winner.
The winner will be announced live on the show.
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